December 19, 2006, 12:00 AM

Merchant Risk Council names its first executive director

Tom Donlea, a veteran in managing not-for-profit organizations, will guide the formerly all-volunteer organization though new initiatives including expansion.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

 

The Merchant Risk Council has named its first executive director. Tom Donlea, most recently executive director of Social Venture Partners International, a network of 23 venture philanthropy organizations, comes to the association with 15 years of non-profit management experience.

“Having someone with Tom Donlea’s experience in running top-notch non-profit organizations is key to us creating and executing on a new vision for what the MRC can do,” says Chairman Tom Sullivan, who is senior director of e-commerce risk at Expedia Inc., operator of travel site Expedia.com.

Donlea will be guiding the Council, which is organized to prevent online fraud and promote secure e-commerce in the retail industry, through a number of new initiatives. Among them, he will work on expanding the strategic vision for the Merchant Risk Council in collaboration with the board; strengthening the connection between member merchants for learning, sharing and networking; and advancing action committees formed by merchants, vendors, law enforcement and card associations to improve systems for e-commerce fraud reduction.

The Merchant Risk Council also has relocated, moving its offices from Austin, Texas to Seattle.

 

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